This is very important where your teams are operating in vertical silos. Two or three teams may believe that there are few horizontal opportunities for synergy in their activities and they may also have little or no cross-team interest in what’s going on elsewhere. That’s potentially dangerous and inhibits your ability to deploy skills where they’re needed at a given time. It encourages the development of organisational ‘fiefdoms’ and a perpetuation of the “not invented here” syndrome – both hugely destructive factors in modern organisations. So, do whatever is required to get your multiple teams engaging in cross-team activities to build an ‘esprit de corps’. It’ll pay dividends in the longer term.
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